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Dec 21st, 2018

Fishy business as renowned golf architect faces prison

Congressional and Olympia Fields maestro in trouble

Renowned golf architect Keith Foster pleaded guilty on Wednesday in a Virginia courtroom to illegally transporting up to $500,000 worth of items made from endangered species, migratory birds and other wildlife. He faces a five-year prison sentence.

Foster is currently working on Congressional C.C. and has been selected to revamp Olympia Fields.



Some of Foster's recent renovations include Philadelphia Cricket Club, Apawamis Club, Eastward Ho! and Old White at The Greenbrier.


"And that's where we'll put the crocodile emporium, right next to the sawfish cathedral adjacent to the 16th green..."

Problems started for Foster when his retail outlet The Output – which specialised in importing wildlife products such as sawfish, sea turtles and crocodiles – was raided by the US Fish & Wildlife Service in November 2017. 

Foster and his wife, according to the US Justice dept, transgressed a conservation law in the United States that prohibits trade in fish, wildlife, and plants that have been illegally removed, held, transported, or sold.

A sawfish yesterday. No one knows for sure why they have this name...

Olympia Fields

Foster alegedly informed an undercover agent that it was illegal to import sawfish blades but that he was going ahead anyway, telling the agent: "Rest assured, I'm going to bring more in because I'm the only fool in America that probably wants to risk it."

Foster is expected to be sentenced on March 8, 2019. He was also forced to forfeit $275,000 in cash, as well as other illegal items from the Outpost and his two other stores.

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